PAINtalks 2020


The Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators (QNJPI) is proud to announce the PAINtalks 5thedition which will take place in the Granada Theater in Sherbrooke (53 Wellington North Str., Sherbrooke, QC, Canada) this year, November 13th, 2020.

The PAINtalks is an event that disseminates scientific content on advances in pain research to the general public. Presentations will be held in the early evening and will conclude with a casual cocktail. The speakers’ mandate is to share an innovative idea that can have a positive impact on the population, in a language accessible to all.

***Please note that the general application period is extended by 2 weeks

We are also pleased to announce that the submission period for speakers will be from May 4th to June 14th,– extended to june 26th 2020 ! This is the perfect opportunity to spread your ideas and make yourself known within the Quebec Pain Research Network. Moreover, the QNJPI members selected as speakers will have the opportunity to participate to the PAINtalks contest for the best presentation.

You will find the eligibility requirements, the submission and candidate selection procedures, as well as the Best presentation contest in the section “Submission and Competition 2020“.

Again this year, several competitions will be held. These are reserved:

  • to QNJPI student members (for several speakers);
  • people suffering from chronic pain, whether they are members of an association (AQDC-Association québécoise de douleur chronique, ASID-Association de soutien et d’information face à la douleur, etc.) or not (one speaker);
  • students who have been selected to participate in the North American Pain School (NAPS) between 2016 and 2020 (one Key Speaker).
  • Canadian Pain Society student members (one Key Speaker).

Give it a try, taking care to consult the section corresponding to your situation, as a person suffering from chronic pain, a member of the QNJPI, a NAPSter or member of the CPS.


Although many spots are reserved for the members listed above, we are opening the opportunity for ALL to apply.

You are in the clinic environment and you believe that an innovative treatment should be known? You are in another domain and you have an innovative idea to share? Submit your application! You can consult the instructions prepared for people suffering from chronic pain and follow the same steps.

*Warning, no form of promotion will be accepted*.


You can apply during the submission period by clicking on the following link:

If you have any questions, please contact us by email:

Application period: May 4th to June 14th – extended to june 26th 2020 !

NAPSters and CPS members application period: June 1rst to July 27th, 2020


What’s new in 2020?

The fifth edition of PAINtalks is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), with the Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute/Initiative Community Support Program, and by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) with the DIALOGUE – Relève étudiante Grant.



The event is growing… so is the team! We are proud to announce the creation of our own PAINtalks committee. This committee has 7 new members, all QNJPI students’ members (see 2020 PAINtalks Committee tab). This committee works with the QNJPI board of dorectors in the planning and organization of the 2020 edition.


Our must-have

In order to offer you a high-quality event, all speakers will receive individual training given by Denis François Gravel of PRESENTabilité ( An experienced coach and presentation skills development expert, Mr. Gravel is also the president and co-founder of TEDxQuébec.

For an efficient transfer of information from the academic community to the general public, all presentations are filmed in high-definition and published on QNJPI’s website, Youtube channel, Facebook page and Twitter. The videos will be filmed and edited by Vimetri, a professional service that also covers the TEDxQuébec events.

Steve Bergeron, graphic designer/animator and owner of Studio Steve Bergeron is the artistic director of TEDxQuébec. Having contributed to the success of the 2018 and 2019 editions of the PAINtalks, we are pleased to announce that he will also participate in the 2020 edition.

Having contributed to the success of the 2019 edition, a live translation service will once again be provided by Keleny. This professional companty has been providing quality service in more than 130 languages for over 50 years for various organizations, including several government institutions.


It’s an event not to be missed !

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